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  • Blog Post: Monitoring Password Expirations

    The question has recently come up, what about password expiration used for Run As Account (and action account) credentials? If you are using Local System, there is no password to expire. If you specified a domain account, we have you covered (for the most part). When you specify a domain account,...
  • Blog Post: Schedule Maintenance Mode Reskit Tool Info

      I have a quick update on the Schedule Maintenance Mode RESKIT Tool, also some information \ best practices. Best Practices: Do not go beyond 20 Jobs scheduled.  Anything over this will start to place too much load on your Root Management Server Do not schedule more then 20 items in one Job...
  • Blog Post: Security Hardening Guide

    The Microsoft Operations Manager 2007 Security Hardening Guide is designed to provide you with essential information about how to further protect, or harden, your Operations Manager 2007 environment in conjunction with the Security Configuration Wizard (SCW). SCW is an attack-surface reduction tool for...
  • Blog Post: grayed out healthy agent icon

    Recently we have been receiving some questions on the meaning of the 'grayed-out, Healthy' agent status icon (see picture below). You will see this in the Monitoring space in the Computers view and the Discovered Inventory view and the Operations Manager ==> Agent ==> Agent Health State view...
  • Blog Post: Additional Resource, OpsManJam site is live

    Hi all - An additional resource for Operations Manager 2007 MP Authors and IT Pro's is now live at OpsManJam . This site, sponsored by Microsoft, focuses on MP Authoring best practices and tutorials. There is deployment and administration content for the IT Pro, too. You can download content such as...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning Guide for OpsMgr 2007 SP1

    A few of us have been working with the Solutions Accelerator team and Pete Zerger to come up with an Infrastructure Planning Guide for OpsMgr 2007 which got published a couple of weeks ago . This document will lead readers through a sequence of core decision points to design an infrastructure for OpsMgr...
  • Blog Post: Tired of people stopping your MOM service? Want to increase MOM agent availability?

    I hear reports quite often of people having trouble with MOM agents that get stopped or disabled by unwitting or mischievous server administrators. MOM administrators have to respond to missing heartbeat alerts and start up the MOM service using the update agent settings task or worse, logging into the...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007 SP1 and R2 now officially support Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

    Support is now available for running Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and Operations Manager 2007 R2 on the following operating systems: · Windows Server 2008 R2 · Windows 7 The official support statement is posted under Knowledge Base article 974722 . The supported configuration guides for R2 and...
  • Blog Post: Notification Test Tool

    The Notifications Test Tool is a simple tool you can use to test your notification channels and subscriptions. This tool can be used to test email (SMTP), Instant Message (IM) or Text message (SMS) channels. Also, you can use this to generate a test alert in OpsMgr to test subscriptions. Install...
  • Blog Post: New Beta AEM\DEM Reports

    As part of OpsMgr 2007 R2 and Desktop Error Monitoring 3.5 (DEM) we will be releasing four new AEM reports later this month. The 4 new reports are: - Top Blue Screen Computers - Top Blue Screen Computers by User - Top Crashing Applications by User - Top Crashing Applications by Computer...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring at Microsoft with Operations Manager

    Have you ever wondered how Microsoft monitors its internal server infrastructure? For instance, what products are we using, how are using them and what challenges have we faced when scaling these products in our environment? Hopefully we can shed some light on these topics and in the process provide...
  • Blog Post: Edit Company Knowledge prerequisites

    Company Knowledge is used to capture the steps required to resolve an alert in your OpsMgr installation. When paired with the Product knowledge (which provides you with the application developers knowledge on the causes and suggested resolution steps for an alert), the two will help any operator with...
  • Blog Post: Performance IOPS for the DB and DW in OpsMgr 2007

    The performance team had a thread discussing IOPS requirement with a customer who had some really good questions so and I thought I would share the thread with you all. For sizing the Operations Manager Database and Data warehouse I would highly recommend trying out SCCP planning tool which will give...
  • Blog Post: Low-bandwidth Scenarios

    We have received a couple of customer inquires regarding the use of Operations Manger 2007 in a low-bandwidth scenario. These issues deal with a situation where the Management Server in one site (Site A) is separated from its agents in another site (Site B), and Sites A and B are separated by a low-bandwidth...
  • Blog Post: MPViewer Library Extraction of management packs

    The OpsManJam site has added a MPViewer dump folder in the library. While we are just starting out, what you will find here are MPViewer (thanks Boris) extractions of all the Microsoft published management packs as HTML pages. You can use this as a reference for what is in management packs. We will be...
  • Blog Post: Setup and Upgrade in System Center Operations Manager 2012

    For the Operations Manager 2012 release, we have made some big changes in the setup and upgrade areas to make the deployment experience more simple, intuitive, and easy to use. In this post, I’m going to go through some of the major changes in the deployment experiences to help you better prepare...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Virtual Labs

    Try the new System Center Operations Manager 2007 Virtual Labs See how Operations Manager 2007 helps you ease operations and improve your planning capabilities. System Center Operations Manager 2007: Introduction System Center Operations Manager 2007: Advanced Topics
  • Blog Post: How to Delete an Operations Manager 2007 Managed Object from a Management Group using PowerShell (Updated PS script which works on PowerShell V2 and above)

    (Updated PS script below which works on PowerShell V2 and above) We have had some customers ask us if there is a way to remove an agent managed computer using PowerShell from OpsMgr 2007 after the agent managed computer has been turned off. The scenario is that the machine that has an agent installed...
  • Blog Post: Running Multiple MOM Consoles at Once

    We had an interesting thread today on an internal alias about running multiple MOM consoles simultaneously. The following are supported configurations: Run multiple MOM 2000 consoles at once - create more than one MMC console with a MOM 2000 administrator console. Each console can point at the...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in R2 Deployment and Upgrade

    <Update> I have include information on how to upgrade from R2 RC to R2 RTM. Not much has changed when upgrading from Operations Manager 2007 SP1 to R2 or deploying a fresh installation of Operations Manager 2007 R2. However, I do want to take the opportunity to point out few of the changes....
  • Blog Post: How does MP Import work? And how do MPs get down to the HealthService?

    Many people have asked how MP import works and how do MPs get down to the health service. Hopefully this diagram helps explain some of this. Satya
  • Blog Post: Updated momclean Reskit tool for OM2007R2

      I noticed on the forums someone was having trouble using this with the R2 release.  Here is an updated version of the momclean tool to use for uninstalling OM2007R2 when traditional methods have failed.  Note: None of the command line parameters have changed.  All that has been...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007 R2 MP version 6.1.7599.0 is Released!

    The System Center Operations Manager team has released its second quarterly update of the OpsMgr 2007 R2 MP to the catalog. You can download the MP from this page . This package (Version 6.1.7599.0) is specific to OpsMgr 2007 R2 and will not import on product versions prior to that. We’ve packed a...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007 R2 MP version 6.1.7672.0 is released

    I’m very glad to announce that the 3 rd quarterly update for the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 management pack is now available. You can download the MP from the Pinpoint catalog and it will be available shortly in the R2 web service catalog for download directly from your operations...
  • Blog Post: Boris Yanushpolsky's OpsMgr Toolbelt

    http://blogs.msdn.com/boris_yanushpolsky/ Boris has been authoring some really good utilities like Override Explorer, Proxy Enable (bulk computers), and Override Creator. If you are an OpsMgr Admin, you need to check back at his site often. My name is Boris Yanushpolsky and I am Program Manager...